Driver reportedly threatened with machete in road rage attack

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A man armed with a machete allegedly smashed the windscreen and side-window of a pick-up truck driven by a Harborough teenager in a terrifying road rage incident.

The victim was an 18-year-old recovery vehicle driver who lives in Foxton, near Market Harborough.

He has not returned to work since the incident, which happened on Sunday afternoon, from about 4pm.

The 18-year-old, who the Mail is not naming, was driving a pick-up truck for K2 Recovery, which is based in Telford Way, Kettering.

The incident began on the two-lane roundabout over the A14, at the junction with the A509 road to Wellingborough, south of Kettering.

The 18-year-old driver from Foxton, on his way to a breakdown incident in Northamptonshire, performed a manoeuvre which angered another driver using the roundabout.

The other driver was furious, and followed the recovery vehicle south for about five miles down the A509.

The two vehicles finally paused at the roundabout between the A509, the A510 and the A5193, north of Wellingborough, when it is alleged that the pursuing driver got out of his vehicle armed with a machete, and threatened the 18-year-old recovery vehicle driver.

The 18-year-old driver sped off down the A510 Northern Way, but at the next roundabout, at the junction with Stewarts Road, Wellingborough, he had to pause again. It is then alleged that the pursuing driver left his vehicle carrying a machete, and this time used the weapon to smash the windscreen and side-window of the K2 recovery truck.

The recovery vehicle was left “undriveable”, and had to be taken to the K2 workshop in Kettering for repairs.

A Northamptonshire Police spokesman said: “We can confirm that an alleged road rage incident in Wellingborough has been reported to police. It was reported that a motorist threatened another driver and smashed the windscreen of his vehicle with a weapon believed to be a machete, shortly after 4pm on Sunday, March 26.”

The spokesperson added that a 30-year-old man has subsequently been arrested and charged with possession of a bladed weapon in a public place, threatening behaviour and criminal damage.

He is due to appear before Wellingborough Magistrates’ Court on April 12.